#GreatBigLift a #GreatBigDeal

Darlene MacDonald had one thought on Friday morning as she watched the Ship Hector slowly be lifted out of Pictou Harbour: “Finally something positive is being done in order to improve what we have.” Friday was a #GreatBigDay in a #GreatBigWay. That’s the day the replica Ship Hector was lifted from the harbour into a...

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UPDATE: All’s ready for #GreatBigLift

EDITOR’S NOTE: After The Advocate went to press on Tuesday, the Ship Hector Society announced the #GreatBigLift is now planned for Friday morning… The Ship Hector will have a temporary new home as early as tomorrow. That is the day the 20-year-old wooden ship is scheduled to be lifted out of the harbour and onto...

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Ready for ‘lift’ off

Blocking is in place for the Ship Hector as part of The #GreatBigLift. Preparations are well under way to life the Ship Hector out of the water for repairs and restoration. Last week, the lower level of the Quay site was readied for for the blocking for the ship. The iron gates, wooden sides and...

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Ship-shape

From left: Bruno Gaudet, Colin O’Toole, Ralph Anderson and Paul Janes hold an overhead design of the Ship Hector. They are among those who are preparing to lift the Hector out of the water to begin necessary repairs. They gathered at the Hector Quay and at town hall to discuss the logistics of the project,...

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‘Great Big Lift’ planned for Ship Hector replica

Big plans are in store for the replica Ship Hector. And they all begin this spring with “the Great Big Lift” when A.W. Leil Cranes will hoist the wooden ship out of the harbour and onto land to begin a process of repairs. The goal is to have the vessel, well, ship-shape, by 2023, in...

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Highland Homecoming presents all things Scottish

Highland Homecoming will be celebrated Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Hector Heritage Quay in a big way. Various events will be held at the Quay including free admission, a blacksmith demonstration by Nathan Zastrow from the working forge that is on site, tours of the replica Ship Hector, sales in the gift shop, folk art...

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Bicycles, castles and the Clan Maclean

A Tidnish resident will ride through Pictou County as part of a fundraising quest to aid a Scottish castle. Duart Castle is a stately fortress on the Isle of Mull overlooking the inner seas of the West coast of Scotland. It is the residence of the chief of clan Maclean, Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean....

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Market Square going modern

Pictou’s Market Square is in the process of getting a bit of a face lift as the town has partnered with the Pictou Garden Club to spruce up part of downtown. The garden club recently presented the Town of Pictou’s Michelle Young with a cheque for more than $5,000 to help out with the project...

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Ship Hector Society looking to make waves in Nova Scotia tourism

Rejuvenation of Hector Heritage Quay Site to increase visitor traffic The new year is full of promise for the Ship Hector Society. The Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Pictou are helping the Ship Hector Society develop an interpretive and operational plan to rejuvenate the Hector Heritage Quay site...

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Visit ends cruise season

PICTOU — It may have been a dreary day for the last cruise ship visit of the season, but there are more to come. Pictou Parks and Recreation co-ordinator Michelle Young said the Pearl Seas line that included the Pearl Mist that docked for the final time for the season last Wednesday has visits booked...

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